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Compensation & Benefits

Snapshot: More employers offering paid parental, family leave

Employers increasingly offer paid leave so employees can bond with their new children and take time off to care for sick family members.

Coronavirus driving open enrollment interest

New research from the MetLife insurance company suggests the coronavirus pandemic has left employees keenly interested in making smart choices about their benefits elections.

Payroll tax deferral? Most employers say ‘no’

A coalition of 34 major trade associations said most of their members refused to stop withholding payroll taxes, arguing that the deferral would hurt employees more than help because workers would likely be on the hook for all those taxes in early 2021.

Last Friday in September: More FAQs, more disaster relief, PPP news and other good stuff

Here are some items you may have missed during the hustle and bustle of the week.

3 new opinion letters from Labor Department

The Department of Labor has issued three new opinion letters that address issues that may affect your company.

As Walmart raises wages, will other retailers follow?

Walmart’s Sept. 17 announcement that it was giving raises to some 165,000 hourly workers sent ripples through the retail industry and has many wondering if other employers will be able to compete.

Retirement savings: Little effect yet from coronavirus

The financial havoc created by the coronavirus pandemic has retirement savers worried, but so far most are resisting the temptation to tap into their 401(k)s to make ends meet.

DOL campaign builds awareness of worker rights in coronavirus era

The campaign includes a series of public service announcements in English and Spanish with information about the new paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave benefits available under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and other worker protections.

After Ginsburg, Supreme Court could toss ACA

Oral arguments in the case of California v. Texas are scheduled for Nov. 10, the third time the constitutionality of the landmark health care reform law has been tested.

Camps, religious and nonprofit educational centers get FLSA break

During the pandemic, many seasonal businesses have unexpectedly found themselves forced to comply with the FLSA. Now the Department of Labor is cutting those employers a much-needed break.